Emerald contacted me after seeing my inclusion of them in my Travel Tips for Hypoglycemics and Healthy Eaters and asked if they could send me some samples of their new product, Emerald Breakfast on the Go. Of course I said yes! One of my male cousins loves these, so I was excited to try them.
I received a package including:
- 1 pouch of Blueberries & Crème
- 1 pouch Maple & Brown Sugar
- 5 pouches (1 box) of Apples & Cinnamon
The packages are very attractive and water-repellant, which made them perfect for my trip to the water park last weekend (yes, with my medical alert, they let me bring food in). They are a good size and easy to open.
The packages are about 190 calories, have about 31 carbs, 5-8 grams of fat, and 3-5 grams of protein depending on the flavor variety. Compared to the thick-cut oats I eat every day, the calories and carbs are the same, but the fat is twice as much in the Breakfast on the Go and there are 7 grams of protein in thick cut oatmeal.
Considering that a hypoglycemic needs a minimum of 7 grams of protein at every meal, the 3-5 g in the packets is not enough. You still need to eat something else with it that has protein in it. I pair my breakfast with skim latte that has 8 oz of milk (7 grams of protein) in it, so either option is ok for me.
Even though nutritionally the two are mostly similar, the portion size of the Emerald On the Go packs left me wanting. I took the product out of the package and it equaled a ½ cup of food. It was very disappointing next to my heaping bowl of thick-cut oatmeal.
Here’s where the Emerald On the Go packs really shined.
The Blueberries and Crème reminded me of my favorite cereal, Blueberry Morning. Oh that brought back fond memories. And, I could get the same taste with less calories and carbs than the cereal.
The Maple and Brown Sugar pack reminded me a lot of sweet granola, another favorite of mine, so I also enjoyed this one.
The Apples and Cinnamon pack was a little salty for my taste (and I LOVE salt) when you got a mouthful of just the almonds. But, if mixed with the other ingredients in the pack, they tasted great.
If you are in a hurry, the Emerald Breakfast on the Go packs taste wonderful and are very convenient. But,this shouldn’t be your sole source of breakfast. There’s not enough protein to keep your blood sugar even and to see you through to your next snack or meal. So, if you are seeking a convenient option, this may be a good choice for you, but pair it with a glass of milk or something else with protein in it.
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